Part of the East End in Richmond has seen a third of violent crimes compared to last year
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -
After a spike in violent crimes in the city, one area is actually reporting a massive drop.
Janet Wright is no stranger to crime. Her brother was shot to death and last year, her neighbor was killed in a hit and run in Creighton Court. Neither crime was solved.
But recently, she's noticed things in her neighborhood have gotten better.
"It has made a tremendous change in terms of crime."
Richmond police say so far, there's been a 33 percent decrease in violent crimes in Sector 113 in the East End, which includes Mosby, Fairfield and Whitcomb Courts.
"Last year at this time, we had 72 violent crimes," says Lt. Jody Blackwell of Richmond Police. "This year, we're currently at 48. What's awesome is that we have not had one homicide at all this year."
Last year, the area saw eight homicides.
"They're known for their violent crime and this year they carry a 30 percent decrease in violent crime, so we made tremendous strides in making it a better community," said Lt. Blackwell.
Blackwell attributes increased police efforts.
"Major Crimes really works hard on their investigations and clearing these cases and they do a good job at getting these people off the streets to prevent another incident from taking place."
Residents looking out for each other has also helped.
"We all are pulling together in the Mosby Court for the Mosby Court residents and especially for our children," says resident Denise Winfree. "I feel like the community has come together as one, and we look out for each other out here."
Police and neighbors hope those numbers continue to drop across the board.